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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tragic Sabriel prequel slow to start but worth the wait.

Book Garth Nix Fantasy 2014
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Well written fantasy story

Part of the Aborsen series, I enjoyed this series by Garth Nix. This one is a little slower than Sabriel and Lirael and my only concern about my 12 year old son reading this is that he may lose interest. I love that these books can appeal to adults, but by leaving out the more adult content, pre teens can enjoy them as well.

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Fans of the Abhorsen trilogy have been waiting a long time for CLARIEL, with high expectations; Garth Nix is slow to meet them but does come around in the end. Stick with it. If you're getting impatient for glimpses of the Abhorsen's house or a visit with Mogget the sly, sardonic cat, skim the bits about Clariel in school or the squabbling with her parents.

Clariel is slowest when Nix gets caught up in descriptions of the palace, the Charter Mage's house, and the city. The tension of the story is very brief in the first half but jarring with a truly gnarly Free Magic creature on the loose. Then it builds very diligently in the second half as Clariel's difficult choices emerge. It's a long fuse to a very explosive, tragic, and satisfying ending.

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